Archives for the month of: June, 2012

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Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

WH AUDEN

How dark are these winter mornings? I don’t know about you, but getting up in the cold and dark is no fun at all. I am luckier than most in that I can sleep until I wake up, and when I see how beautiful and clear a winter’s day is, it must be enjoyed.

Today Franschoek was the obvious choice. Alice joined me and we drove through to Franschoek, enjoying the sun, toasty warm inside the car. The views are so amazing in the Franschoek Valley and today was no exception. The sky was clear with a hint of clouds on the mountains and there was a crisp breeze.

A stroll down Franschoek’s main street is not complete unless you head into Masquerade. This shop has the most amazing goodies for your house. I never leave empty handed. And I didn’t. My stash … funky birthday cards, cool wall hooks (which the Pink Handyman will have to hang for me), a nifty little tealight bag and rose & rose geranium roomspray.

Our next stop was Colmant, the home of the awesomest MCC. A little bubbly was tasted and a little bubbly was purchased. Naturally. Oh … and the folks there are so cool that they gave me a coolerbag, one of those nifty “ice buckets” and a bottle stopper. Score!

After a quick stop at Graham Beck to pick up bubbly for Alice’s friend, we went in search of lunch. On Alice’s recommendation we decided to have lunch at Fyndraai Restaurant at Solms Delta … great idea. We had a table on the porch, with a view of the surrounding mountains and enjoyed lunch to the sound of the wind whistling through the trees.

Last stop, Rupert & Rothschild … very snazzy. As you drive up, someone is waiting to escort you into the tasting room. A quick purchase and a few photos of the beautiful surrounds and we sadly had to head back home.

Such a chill day. Such beautiful views, good food and company. I hope you get to enjoy one like it soon.

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I spent the day pottering around in my garden. Repotted herbs and planted pansies & new herbs. Nice day.

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Here is a little something that makes me smile.
Every day.
Enjoy!

Text From Dog

Once a month I happily commit to attending MastercLLass with personal chef Neill Anthony, NOMU, André Pentz and Smeg, at Stockhome in Woodstock.

I always come away with a smile on my face and when luck is on my side, I have even been known to win a prize or two.

Last night, Neill did not disappoint and thanks to André, each course was paired beautifully with wine.

Starter: white beans, sauteed prawns with cured pork neck and white onion espuma. Wine pairing: Nederburg Riesling Vintage 2011
Main: poached chicken breast on asian pear salad, sprinkled with chillied cashew nuts. Wine pairing: Louisvale Chavant 2011
Dessert: brownie & shortbread crumble, drizzled with kahlua, topped with espresso mousse, sprinkled with crumbed tennis biscuits

Another delicious meal in the company of fellow food & wine lovers.

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Joy of joys! This nifty little coffee maker … if I say Nespresso machine one more time, I may get a kick in the shins … is finally mine. I have been lusting after one for the longest time and yesterday I just took the plunge; made the commitment to good coffee at home.

For all the information on what this beast can do, check out yuppiechef but before things get all technical, please just enjoy these lovely lines … pretty, isn’t she?

I think something this pretty deserves a name … suggestions are welcome.

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Good morning Monday! Wow, you look so pretty. I think it is a shame to spend the day pulling out weeds in the garden. I will drive somewhere pretty, enjoy the views that Cape Town has to offer and reconnect with my beautiful Mother City. Partner in crime? Don’t mind if I do. Willing participant, Alice, roped in. Adventure about to commence. Destinations undetermined.

At the end of the day, we went up Table Mountain, drove along the Twelve Apostles, bypassed Hout Bay to drive along Chapmans Peak, stopped for lunch at The Foodbarn at Noordhoek Village and then drove over Ou Kaapse Weg back home.

A fantastic day! I highly recommend bunking a work day …

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